by Jim Nintzel
The Tucson Padres return home for a big weekend of Memorial Day baseball fun at Kino Stadium. Tonight, you'll get a free Tucson Padres T-shirt if you're among the first 2,000 fans; On Saturday, you'll be treated to a fireworks spectacular after the game; on Sunday, you can bring your dogs out for Bark in the Park; and Monday is family night, which means your crew can get four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas for low, low price of $20. Details here.
The Padres just wrapped up a road trip by splitting a double-header. Tim Hagerty of the Padres provides the following wrap-up:
Jon Leicester had an excellent start for the Padres in game one, throwing six innings and allowing only one run as the Padres beat the Storm Chasers 3-1. Leicester surrendered only two hits, the only two hits Omaha had in the opening game. Evan Scribner had two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 final inning to pick up his fourth save.
The Padres loaded the bases in the second inning and scored first on a wild pitch thrown by Jeremy Jeffress. Andy Parrino then hit a two-run double over the left fielder’s head, giving the Padres a three-run lead. Omaha added one when Jarrod Dyson, who had the Storm Chasers only two hits, doubled in the third.
Will Venable went 1-for-4 with a single in his Tucson Padres debut and Cedric Hunter and Jarrett Hoffpauir both had two-hit games.
Game 2: Omaha 8 Tucson 3
WP: Suppan (4-4)
LP: Poreda (2-2)
The Tucson Padres used four relief pitchers in game two as a way to not disrupt the starting rotation. Aaron Poreda started the game and had a difficult time throwing strikes, walking seven batters before he could get an out in the second inning. Poreda allowed six runs, all earned, in Omaha’s 8-3 victory.
Omaha scored three times each in the first and second innings, but the Padres offense wasn’t quiet, scoring twice in the second on an RBI triple by Guillermo Quiroz, who then scored on Robbie Hudson’s RBI single. One inning later Jarrett Hoffpauir hit his first home run in the Padres organization, a solo shot off Jeff Suppan.
The 15-year veteran Suppan threw a complete game for the Storm Chasers, allowing three runs, striking out five, without walking a batter.
Next Game: Tomorrow, 7:00 pm at Kino Stadium vs. Salt Lake — Tucson LHP Wade LeBlanc (4-0, 5.68) vs. Salt Lake RHP Brian Lawrence (2-3, 5.76)